Up until we got a text from Mel saying that we should come out and do some wheeling with them out in Logandale, we weren’t planning to do much of anything for New Years Eve.
Last weekend, 12 Jeeps including our own went out to visit this memorial and, here are some photos from our trip. I hope you enjoy.
Two weeks after our last run, we headed back up to the Rubicon Trail one more time to see what all had been done to the iconic Little Sluice and, to give it go to see just how much had changed. By now, the days were getting a lot shorter and the drive down to Loon Lake a lot colder.
Months after the final Golden Spike was hammered into place and the very first transcontinental railroad was open for service, an avalanche near Donner Summit damaged hundreds of feet of track and a subsequent blizzard left miles more buried under deep snow. Service on the railroad ground to a halt for weeks and as soon as the snows thawed, 42 miles of snowsheds would be built by the Central Pacific Railroad to protect their line. Initally constructed out out of 65 million board feet of lumber, the original snowsheds were soon replaced with stonger and fire resistant concrete structures and, are what you can find still standing today.
Days after we got back from the 2012 JK-Experience, we were already packing up and getting ready to head up to the Rubicon with Mel from Off Road Evolution.
Over the weekend, we were invited to go wheeling with the guys from Chrysler at the annual Hump-n-Bump run in Logandale, Nevada and, while we were there, we decided to check out some of the fun going on over at the Shitter Bowl.
Well, our original plan was for us to head straight for home soon after SEMA was done but, after getting a personal invitation from the Mopar Underground to join them out at the Hump-n-Bump in Logandale, there was no way we could say no to that.
When word got out that the Little Sluice was going to be altered from the state it had been in for almost 20 years, people were in an uproar. And, truth be told, I can’t say I was exactly thrilled by the news either. However, while the recent transformation of the Little Sluice was big news, it was only significant because it was an iconic obstacle on the Rubicon Trail. The sad thing is, there have been work crews on the Rubicon quietly filling in rock gardens with crushed rocks, removing massive boulders, chopping down trees and closing off obstacles from end to end for quite some time now.
In addition to having an awesome off-road park like Turtle Ridge, Drummond Island hosts over 117 miles of trails that meander through boreal forests, across glacial rock deposits and stone ridges carved out by Lake Huron. It truly is one of the most beautiful places you will ever see and, we were happy to relax and explore it on our final day of the 2012 JK-Experience. Here are some highlight photos from tour around the island, I hope you enjoy.
Our 6th day on the 2012 JK-Experience would take us up and over the Mackinac Bridge and then across by ferry to Drummond Island which is the eastern most point on Michigan’s Upper Penisula.
Located a little south of Houghton Lake, Rocks and Valleys is a relatively new off-road park with over 200 arces of hills, rocks, mud, tightly planted trees and other obstacles that offer a great time for wheelers of all skill levels. And, as luck would have it, this is where we would get to spend the second half of our fifth day on the JK-Experience. It’s also where most of us would get our first experience wheeling on tires!!